I am highly disappointed in this as well. I tried creating a pwe account using my cryptic information before the link was announced or even offered, and would like to use the cryptic info over my pwe info. it was a mistake making my forum name materwindu, and I dislike it. I also dislike the idea of the bonus item pack being restricted to one character. If I had known that ahead of time, I would not have redeemed it on my max level character. I think the whole deal is a ripoff with that restriction not even listed.
Why was it necessary to update the forums, and reset everyone avatars, post-counts and signatures, when the old forums was working just fine?
As a side-question (not necessarily for the FAQ): Why was the new forums released in an UNFINISHED state? Most notably the glaringly ugly button icons, and the lack of a "Report" feature, which existed on the old forums?